West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has announced the addition of former Arkansas Razorback Gabe Osabuohien. After spending two seasons at Arkansas, Osabuohien will now have two years of eligibility to play for WVU. Osabuohien is 6’7” and appears to have a defensive focus. Last season with Arkansas he logged 105 deflections, 31 steals, and 16 blocks, while also taking 24 charges. Osabuohien averaged 15 minutes, three points, and three rebounds per game last year.
Coach Huggins noted the Osabuohien will be able to make an immediate impact on the team. This is because of his defensive ability. Huggins has also discussed how Osabuohien has experience pressing and that he is capable of shooting well.
It appears that a lot of people want to be at Milan Puskar Stadium for Neal Brown’s debut as the head coach at West Virginia. The Mountaineers’ season opener against James Madison is officially sold out. The last time that WVU hosted a Mountaineer coach’s debut, WVU defeated Marshall, 34-13. That game was also famous for being the “lightning delay” game. For those who cannot make the trip to Morgantown, Neal Brown’s debut will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and streamed online.
West Virginia sophomore linebacker VanDarius Cowan is suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season. The suspension is the result of NCAA eligibility issues. Cowan has not played a snap for the Mountaineers since transferring to WVU from Alabama. Cowan played in seven games for the Crimson Tide and he is a talented defender, but he has been surrounded by uncertainty over the past few years due to off-field issues. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has had Cowan practicing at the bandit position.
West Virginia received the good news that Bowling Green transfer Jarret Doege would be eligible to play at quarterback this season, but the Mountaineers are still uncertain if Temple transfer Sean Ryan will receive a waiver to play wide receiver this year. Head coach Neal Brown has had Ryan practicing, so if he is able to play for WVU this season, he will be ready. Ryan had 12 receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown at Temple last year.
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